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2016 Florida Book Award Winners

Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. We are pleased to announce our three award-winning titles in this year’s competition. FLORIDA NONFICTION, SILVER MEDALIST White Sand Black Beach: Civil Rights, Public Space, and Miami’s Virginia […]

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Color Your Own Florida Landscape!

Adults are buying more coloring books than ever these days, and they are not for sons or daughters or nieces and nephews. They are buying them for themselves. We wanted to join in on the coloring fun! Enter E.G. Barnhill, a photographer living in St. Petersburg in the early 1900s, who hand-tinted black and white photographs […]

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Spotlight on the Highwaymen Painters

“Wind-bent palm trees, sand, surf, billowing clouds and vivid sunsets were the essentials of Florida landscape painting that emerged following World War II. Occasionally moss-draped cypress trees in the still water of a marsh presented a more contemplative view, while a royal Poinciana in full, flaming red bloom or a storm-tossed shore provided dramatic relief. […]

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Florida Highwaymen: A History

In 1960s Ft. Pierce, Florida, a group of 26 self-taught African-American artists sold their 24” x 36” Upson board paintings out of their car trunks. Even without a name for themselves, they made a living by painting landscapes in their backyards and selling them on the highway. Only decades later, in 1994, did these painters […]

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Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen

Today we proudly publish Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen by fine arts professor and photographer Gary Monroe. His new book features color plates of Mary Ann Carroll’s most famous landscape paintings and tells the never-before-told story of her hard-fought journey to provide for her family and make a name for herself in a man’s world. Carroll […]

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